Fun Swimming Facts

Water safety course

Did You Know?

  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
  • Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.
  • Over 50% of world-class swimmers suffer from shoulder pain.
  • Elephants can swim up to 20 miles a day using their trunks like a snorkel… How cool is that!
  • The oldest form of swimming stroke is breaststroke, we know this because ancient drawings and paintings have been found in Egypt depicting people swimming dating back to 2500 BC.
  • Swim Finns were invented by Benjamin Franklin
  • Swimming was introduced into the Olympics 1896 Men only until 1912 when finally women were included

How – What – Where

Q Where was the highest dive from a diving board performed?
A: Lazaro Schaller dived 58.8metres in Switzerland Maggia on the 4th August 2015

Q How did the Bikini get its name?
A: The bikini swimsuit was named after a U.S. nuclear testing site in the South Pacific called Bikini Atoll.

Q Where is the world’s Biggest Pool?
A: The world’s biggest pool is in the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile. It is over 480 meters long and took almost 5 years to build.

Safety 101

Water Safety for kids

A few things you need to know about water safety.

Western Australians enjoy a large variety of water-based activities, whether along our pristine coastline, our inland waterways, public pools, and adventure parks and of course our very own backyard pools. However, danger lurks. While I don’t want to dampen our enthusiasm for fun there is no substitute for supervision or never swimming alone.

A child can drown in 6 cm of water. Most drowning and near-drowning incidents occur when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub. Bathtubs, buckets, toilets, and hot tubs present drowning dangers as well. Never leave a child alone near water.

Some little-known facts about safety in these areas are:

  • Never leave a child alone near water. -This is important and therefore bears repeating.
  • Everyone in the family should learn to tread water and swim.
  • If you’re not a swimmer yourself, it’s a good idea to take lessons and learn how to swim
  • Even when lifeguards are on duty, supervise your own child.
  • This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone, or otherwise distracted.
  • Home pools and spars should always be fenced, gated and locked or appropriately covered when not in use.
  • Never run near swimming pools
  • Use the Slip Slop Slap Wrap Rule and drink lots of water
  • Learn CPR